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But I love this book series, and I'm also curious...

Via [livejournal.com profile] survivinglove
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from a link posted by [livejournal.com profile] jennylee:
Your Birthdate: November 13

You're dominant and powerful. You always need to be in charge.
While others respect your competence, you can be a bit of a dictator.
Hard working and serious, you never let yourself down.
You are exact and accurate - and you expect others to be the same way.

Your strength: You always get the job done

Your weakness: You're a perfectionist to a fault

Your power color: Gray

Your power symbol: Checkmark

Your power month: April

Steph agrees. :D
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I just read Jason Kottke's article on "Do The Right Thing" and I think this to be an interesting take on user-submitted news stories. The basic gist of it is that users submit stories to the community that are of interest, but then the community gets to weigh the social impact of the story as being either positive or negative. Over time, this should result in interesting findings.

Check out Do The Right Thing and also read their blog for more info.
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Okay, so I haven't updated this thing in a while...

First off, I've started a new job at EZ Prints. Last Wednesday was my first day and there are lots of interesting projects to work on already. It was sad leaving Macquarium, as all the people there are really smart and fun. Okay, almost everyone there is... But I didn't leave because I was unhappy, just that the opportunity here seemed the right thing to do.

Let's see... what else is up... not much really. Just taking it easy and relaxing. If anyone wants a cat, we've got 4 that need a home, two that can be seen up at the PetSmart in Buckhead. Steph's been working with Friends of Animals, they're a great group. You know you want a cat — or three.
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Sploid.com sums it up pretty well: Danger and Decline
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It appears that Braveheart, one of the formerly feral kittens that Steph stole, is epileptic. His first seizure happened late October right after we came back from the vet. We rushed him right back, they did some bloodwork, and the only odd thing they saw was low potassium levels. He's been getting vitamins almost daily since. The second seizure was early/mid December. This happened early one morning. Quite early and I first thought someone was breaking into our house, as there was a loud enough of a crash and bang to wake me out of sleep. And this morning marks the third time it's happened. Another crash and bang, another morning being woken up out of sleep first thinking that someone's breaking in.

Braveheart's doing fine. He's had his breakfast and is purring, and already getting into typical kitty trouble. He always comes around a couple of minutes after the seizure and is perfectly fine. I've learned not to hold him during or after one of his fits. First time happened right after we let him out of his carrier, resulting in him pissing all over my leg. Damn those involuntary bodily actions. Second time I was holding him afterwards, and when he came around, he was a bit disoriented and scratched me up quite a bit. I still have scars on my chest and probably on my head as well. This time, I just pet him while he was on the ground and am happy to report suffering neither being pissed on nor scratched.

So I guess we'll take him in today and get some more blood work done on him. In the mean time, it's almost 5am, and I'd like to get another hour of sleep before I'm supposed to get up for work.

let's see

Oct. 19th, 2005 11:29 am
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I went to bed a little after 10pm last night. I awoke around 1:45 am or so from a troublesome dream. The cats were sleeping at my feet and on my legs. I got up to get some water after trying to go back to sleep for a bit. I again lay in bed in futile hope of sleep for another 30 minutes or so.

So, at around 2:30 am I decided to just get up for a bit and see if I get tired later on... Well, it's now almost 11:30am, and I'm still up. I'm working from home today, and actually started doing work at around 4:45 am when I realized that I was going to be up for quite a while longer. It's scary to think I've put in almost a day's worth of work and it's not even noon.

I guess I'll get some lunch now and see how much longer I can go till I need a nap.

Oh yes... today marks our 3rd anniversary. Go us. :D
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We went up to Black Rock Mountain today and hiked a 7.2 mile loop. It was a great drive up and back from north Georgia, had the windows down and the music turned up. Now for a shower, a little nap maybe, then making some artery clogging alfredo pasta with prosciutto and mushrooms. Lots of creme fraiche and melted parmesan and butter. Mmmmm.


Sep. 29th, 2005 11:58 am
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Okay... this is gross, so please feel free to skip over.

Our company shares this floor with the security company for the building. It seems they're doing some employee screening tests. How do I know this? The past three days, I've gone into the mens room to see two applicants standing in front of a urinal, pissing into a specimen jar. Yes. My mind is now scarred.

What's even better is that I thought I had forgotten about the first guy, when I saw a second guy do this just now.

The first guy was great though, now that my mind has had these painful memories torn back out, when I really thought I had blissfully forgotten about it. He was already standing in front of the urinal and was reading the packaging of the specimen jar when I walked in. I really just should have walked right back out, actually. But like watching the scene of an accident, I just couldn't look away. I incredulously looked on - well, out of my peripheral vision (as i had an actual need to use the urinal) as the guy continued to read on and eventually began to fill said specimen jar.

I think this is what GW meant by "shock and awe".

And now today, pretty much the same situation has happened again.
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Meaningful Messages for Thinking People
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I've got a meeting on Tuesday morning with the program director of Professional Education at Georgia Tech about teaching a course on designing with web standards. I've talked with people at work, and they're cool with it, so long as it won't take up a lot of time.

I'm pretty excited about this, as I've wanted to teach a course on this for the past year now. I met up with a friend at a CHI Atlanta meeting last week who teaches a course on accessibility there, and told her my idea for a course. She thought it'd be a great idea, so she gave me the email of the director of the program. I emailed him this morning with my ideas for the course, my experience, who I am, etc. He replied at noon that he thought it was a great idea and that he'd like to meet with me to talk about next steps.

This could be pretty cool.
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Went to see "The Corpse Bride" today and it was most enjoyable. I'll admit that recently I was feeling tired of the black and purple world of Tim Burton, and that's the main reason I haven't seen "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" yet. But "The Corpse Bride" was light on the "black and purple" and was actually... kind of sweet and heart warming. Yeah, it had its little bits of quirkiness that only Burton can deliver - and that we expect, but this time he used more of a lighter hand, and I appreciated it.

We've been watching the first season of "Lost" on dvd the past week. It's neat going back and watching episodes, knowing what's going to happen. I'm picking up a few things that I missed when the episodes originally aired, but it's mainly reminding me of things to keep in mind as I watch the second season.

go figure

Sep. 19th, 2005 02:16 pm
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I went to the eye doctor this morning. I've noticed over the past few months that my eyes would be pretty tired after a long day reading/working on my computer. While watching tv in the eventings, I've noticed the images would be a bit blurry sometimes, so I decided to make an appointment to see what's going on with my eyes. The last time I got my eyes checked was maybe 7-8 years ago, and at that time, my eyes had changed so little from the previous 10 years or so, that my doctor said not to bother with getting new glasses.

So... After doing the standard vision checks, the doctor says, "I know what's going on with your eyes - they're getting better." Huh? Neat. He went on to say, "Your eyes are getting tired because they're working too hard to focus. Your current prescription is too strong for them."

Rock on. About 45 minutes later, I have new lenses for my frames and I can actually feel my eyes not straining. Go me.
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